The Oklahoma Energy Resources Board (OERB) recently marked the clean up of its 13,000th well site. The OERB’s well site restoration program was created in 1993 to clean up the thousands of abandoned well sites across the state that have been left by previous generations. Since then, the OERB has restored thousands of sites back to their original beauty.
“It is really exciting to reach this milestone,” said Steve Sowers, environmental director for the OERB. “Thirteen-thousand sites around the state – that’s an incredibly positive impact on Oklahoma’s land. This program is one tangible way the oil and natural gas industry is demonstrating its commitment to leaving Oklahoma’s land beautiful for future generations.”
The 13,000th clean up was located in Nowata County. The project, located near the town of Nowata, Okla., and owned by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation (ODWC), is on public land that is often used for recreation such as hunting and fishing. There were 10 sites on the land in need of cleaning. The issues stemmed from abandoned flowlines, concrete, debris, a pit and areas that needed grading.
The ODWC will feature the well site clean up on their show, “Outdoor Oklahoma”, which is a weekly show that highlights the programs of the Wildlife Department. It will also be featured in Outdoor Oklahoma magazine.
Work on the site began on Aug. 12, and was completed by Sept. 16. OERB’s construction crew removed and disposed of the flowlines, concrete and debris, closed the pit, graded the land and added vegetation to restore the beauty of the sites.
“The site is beautiful now,” said Stephen Webber information specialist for the ODWC. “Oklahoma is fortunate that the industry stepped up to address problems like this across the state.”
If you know of an abandoned oilfield site that needs repaired, you can register it at www.oerb.com/restoration. For before and after photos and/or video, contact Jill Harrison at firstname.lastname@example.org.